March 31, 2008 By News Report
Governor Paterson (L) and State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, MD. announce $105 million in medical technology grants.
New York Gov. David A. Paterson announced Friday that $105 million in grants have been awarded to 19 leading community-based health information technology (IT) projects. The grants are central to the state's strategy to ensure that clinical information is in the hands of clinicians and their patients to help guide medical decisions and support the delivery of more coordinated, patient-centered care. Grants range from $1 million to $10 million each.
"Electronic health records will begin to repair our fragmented delivery system by making sure that accurate patient information is quickly available so that we can improve health care quality and efficiency," said Paterson. "Electronic health records represent a cornerstone in the transformation of our health care system. They will boost our efforts to improve the delivery of preventative care while maintaining appropriate safeguards to protect patient privacy."
The recipients will build a technical infrastructure that will support health care improvements for all New Yorkers, while ensuring the privacy and security of health information. The projects selected the following clinical goals to guide the technical implementation ensuring that clinicians gain upfront, consistent value from the vastly improved availability and use of health information, including:
State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., said: "We congratulate all the projects and look forward to working with them to achieve these important clinical goals. The best evidence is that, when used as intended, interoperable electronic health records support clinicians in making fact-based decisions so medical errors and redundant tests can be reduced and the coordination of care can be improved."
Privacy and Security
Consumer advocate Katie O'Neill, an attorney at the Legal Action Center of New York, has been working with the Department of Health (DOH) as part of a federal-state Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative project. Ms. O'Neill said: "Ensuring that policies protect patient privacy and strengthen security in an interconnected health care environment is a key priority of New York's health IT agenda. An important aspect of this agenda is ensuring that New Yorkers learn how their health information can be shared so that they can make an informed decision whether to have their information accessible via on-line health networks to support improvements in health care quality, affordability and outcomes."
Project awards are for a two-year contract period. A summary of the 19 awards is listed below:
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